Colonel Al Byrne Award

Colonel Al Byrne Award

The Colonel Al Byrne Award recognizes local individuals who share the late Colonel’s belief that all youth should be provided the facilities and adult leadership to experience athletic training and competitive individual and/or team sports.  They also believe, as the Colonel did, that those youth that participate will learn skills and obtain values that will help them succeed in their later life endeavors.  The award recipient has also demonstrated a commitment to these beliefs by sharing his or her time, talents and, in many cases, personal resources with no recognition required or desired.  The award is voted on by the past presidents of the association and is a tightly held secret until the winner is revealed the night of the annual All Sports Association Awards Dinner each February.

Colonel Al Byrne Award Nomination Form (click HERE for form)

Please submit and non-electronic nominations to: Rube Manasco (phone 850-420-7624), Col. Al Byrne Award Chairman, [email protected], or mail to: All Sports Association, P.O. Box 2591, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32549

George Goodall Col. Al Byrne Winner

2019 Colonel Al Byrne Award Winner – George Goodall

The 2019 Colonel Al Byrne Award was presented to George Goodall on February 15th, 2019, at the 50th All Sports Association Awards Banquet.

The All Sports Association was started 50 years ago by Colonel Al Byrne, who believed the youth in Northwest Florida should have the coaching, leadership, and facilities to participate in sports. After his passing in 1973, the Colonel Al Byrne Award was established to honor those who shared his beliefs and put those beliefs into action, typically with little or no recognition. Goodall was selected for his work to promote youth sailing in Okaloosa County.

Goodall is one of the founders of the Emerald Coast Sailing Association (ECSA), a non-profit association that has introduced sailing to thousands of young people over the past twenty-five years.

Goodall served as a pilot in the Air Force, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He joined the Fort Walton Yacht Club in 1974 and began sailing and racing. In 1992, Goodall turned his attention to developing instructional programs for children. He organized lessons, hired U.S. Sailing certified instructors, and coordinated a group of volunteers. Children learned the fine art of getting a sailboat to move using wind to propel motion on the water.

In 1997, George and other members of ECSA built eight Optimist Prams, small, single-handed sailing dinghies intended for use by children. Goodall formed high school sailing clubs for teens who wanted to continue in the sport after their summer lessons. Five high school teams were formed under the Interscholastic Sailing Association, a nationwide organization governing secondary school sailing in the United States. Teams practice at the Fort Walton Yacht Club and the Bluewater Bay Sailing Club at Bluewater Bay Marina.

Twice each year, in the Spring and Fall, the Okaloosa County High School Sailing Championship Regatta is held at the Fort Walton Yacht Club. In honor of Goodall, the regatta was recently renamed the Goodall Okaloosa County High School Sailing Championship. The local regatta is a prerequisite for the Allstate Sugar Bowl Great Oaks Invitational Regatta held each November at Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans. Okaloosa County high school teams have participated in this event since 2004. Many of these high school sailors have gone on to sail for college teams.

There are currently seven local area sailors competing at four colleges across the nation, including David Beaudry, a 2015 graduate of Fort Walton Beach High School, who is currently on the University of Florida Sailing Team. Beaudry credits Goodall for his success, saying “I would not have had such a wonderful opportunity without Mr. Goodall’s care and devotion to youth sailing.”


Past Col. Al Byrne Award Winners

2018 Ray Chavez
2017 Todd Gatlin
2016  Sherman Moon
2015  John Watts
2014  Brian and Kathy Haugen
2013  Bill Shirah
2012  Rev. James T. Ross
2011  Ralph Duncan
2010  Fred Carley
2009  Bob Lynn
2008  Tom Brassell, Don Pattison
2007  Rube Manasco
2006  Sam Brunson
2005  Paul Martin
2004  James C. “Jimmy” Campbell
2003  Mary Jane Ross
2002  Huburt “Rocky” Bates
2001  Bull Cochran
2000  James Campbell
1999  Bruce Ravan
1998  Charles Morgan, John Shortall
1997  Judge Alfred Ben Gordon, Jr., Kathleen A Ravan
1996  Ralph Frangioni
1995  Al Beedie
1994  Hiram Cook
1993  Leven Lord
1992  Bill Roberts, Jr., Pud Hutcheson, Robert Taylor
1991  Ray Deal, George Palmer
1990  Buddy O’Neal, H.A. Bruner, Jay Farris, Arthur Mikel
1989  Julius Rice, M.L. Hayden
1988  Michael Woodham
1987  Louis Woodham, H.P. Pat Campbell, Bill Preston, Sr., Gene Thomas
1986  Grady Smith
1985  Dr. Eddie Zant
1984  Ron Balicki
1983  O.R. Bailey
1982  Joe Etheridge
1981  Houston Harrison
1980  Jerry Brigante
1979  Rev. Talmadge Smith
1978  Buddy Elliott
1977  Dr. Jerry Hollingsworth
1976  Bettye Campbell
1975  Hal Wyatt
1974  Buck Smith

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